Raised with a love for the outdoors, fascination with the arts, and hatred for California, David is a proud Oregonian. Raised in the Rogue Valley, he moved to Eugene in 2016 to pursue college.
It wasn’t until he attended Lane Community College that he found a growing passion for journalism. In 2018 he met Annie, M.G. Belka, and James when he joined the Torch Newspaper. His interest in news production became a passion over the two years of working at the Torch. Halfway to a BA degree, he is now attending the University of Oregon while making time for his video game addiction and part-time job cooking for the Glenwood Restaurants.
During the summer of 2020, he co-founded DoubleSided Media with M.G. Belka and Annie in an attempt to reform the way audiences interpret modern journalism.
James Croxton is a journalist and student. Born and raised in the Bay Area by two Deaf parents and a set of grandparents, James has been a competitive cyclist, a voting precinct inspector, a judge for the Classic Thunderbird Club International, and a contributor to 2017’s three-volume KISS MY WAX: The KISS LP Bible.
After moving to Oregon and finding his passion for writing in 2018, he accepted an offer by Editor-in-Chief of The Torch, MG Belka, to join the student newspaper. For almost two years, he worked as an investigative reporter, and eventually rose to Copy Editor under then-EIC David Galbreath, focusing on major departmental changes and controversies.
Attending the University of Oregon since 2019, James majors in both journalism and cinema studies with a minor in art history. There, he is a former reporter for the Daily Emerald on both the arts and culture desk and the news desk. Since October 2020, James has been working for the Village Portland as a correspondent.
Oregon Newspaper Publisher Association Awards:
- 2019 — 1st Place in General Excellence for The Torch (March 20, 2019 Edition)
- 2019 — 2nd Place in Best Series for The Torch (Food Services, Titan Bookstore, and Blenders)
- 2020 — 2nd Place in Best Editorial for the Daily Emerald (Black Lives Matter: The Emerald Do Better to Reflect That)
- 2020 — 3rd Place in Best Series for The Torch (Donyel Hill, the Director of Student Engagement Gone and Letter from the editorial staff)
Janusz has lived in Oregon for most of his adult life and has studied at both Southern and Eastern Oregon Universities and at both Lane & Portland Community College. His area of focus is how Anthropology can bring a lesser-seen angle to conventional journalism.
Melanie is a multimedia journalist who loves the outdoors. A passionate cook and Mvskoke Nation citizen, she enjoys covering food news, issues affecting Indigenous people and the environment.
With small town Kansas smarts in one pocket, and global experience in the other, Kyra Roesle is a fresh Organian transplant navigating the world with artistic ambition. Though in possession of three degrees from the University of Kansas: East Asian Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, and International Politics, journalism has been a constant passion along the way. From personal writings to scholarly literature, to newspaper articles and public journalism, any and all ways in which she can experience the world and communicate that forward contributes to her overall sense of purpose.
In this latest chapter of her life’s journey, she has been gratefully accepted into the DSM journalism community and has been contributing articles focused on environmentalism, politics, science reporting and more. Her intention for DSM is to write in such a way that brings both entertainment and credibility together, thus continuing the already admirable journalistic integrity the DSM carries.
Originally from Georgia, Chance has lived all over the West while working as a wildland firefighter, eventually landing in Oregon in 2017. Here he has planted his roots in Eugene while finishing college. A former photojournalist and reporter for The Torch, he is now a photojournalist for DSM where he hopes to bring photography that tells a story and informs the public.
He is a multi-instrumentalist musician and photographer who has a passion for wildlife and the environment.
John, originally from Lawrence, Ks, has been living in Eugene since 2018. He is an artist and photographer attending Lane Community College for Multimedia Design. It was there where he was able to get more formal experience in the field of photojournalism through The Torch. Now a member of the DSM team, John continues to seek out truths unknown with observation and an objective eye.
Cory Elia is a journalist, photographer, videographer, documentary director & producer, radio personality & podcaster. His journalistic focus is on politics, protest, and poverty.
Marek “M.G.” Belka is a writer, journalist, and co-founder of DoubleSided Media. Born in the Lowcountry of South Carolina to Polish immigrants, he discovered his passion for writing early in life, but didn’t find his voice until he stumbled into a community college newsroom in the second half of his twenties. After serving as Editor-in-Chief of The Torch–where he met David, Anna, and James–Marek embarked on a freelance career, getting stories and features published in several journals and magazines. Now, as a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at DSM, he aims to prove that local journalism can be as radical and noble as even the most famous papers of record. Just don’t get him started on the meaning of “objectivity.”